My Pygmy and Negro Hosts, Paul Schebesta; Translated from the German by Gerald Griffin. Published by Hutchinson and Co., London, 1936. First Edition. 8vo up to 9½” tall. 297 pages with index, 52 black and white photographs, 2 maps plus 20 pages of rear publisher’s ads. Black boards with gilt spine titles. A few light pencil notes to front pastedown and free endpaper; toning to endpapers and half title; library labels removed from rear endpapers; otherwise contents are clean, unmarked and without tears or folds. Boards have light scuffing, fraying to spine tail and head and rubbing to edges. In very good condition.
Paul Schebesta (1887-1967) was a Jesuit missionary, ethnologist, linguist, and physical anthropologist and undertook the first anthropological studies of the people of the Ituri Forest, of what is now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over his lifetime, Schebesta made 4 trips to the Congo in 1929/30; 1934/35; 1949/50; 1954/55. He learned Swahili, dialects in eastern Sudan and mastered several dialects of the Bambuti. He worked without need of an interpreter for the latter two trips in which he recorded various dialects for posterity and study. “The Bambuti gave him the honorary title of Baba wa Bambuti, which made him one of them and was a recognition of his personal commitment to the survival of these people” Sourced from: Biographical Entry Paul Schebesta ANTHROPOS